There are literally hundreds of surrogacy agencies, and each one of them is different in their own way. One significant difference you may consider is the location of most Intended Parents each agency helps. Some agencies, like Family Makers, concentrates on particular areas of the United States, while others work with Intended Parents from all over the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Family Makers has watched in horror as many babies have been stranded with other agencies due to travel restrictions and delays. For that reason, we are currently only working with Intended Parents who are here in the States – for the benefit of the Surrogates we work with and the babies they bring into the world.
Another key difference is why Intended Parents are pursuing gestational surrogacy. First-time surrogates in particular should understand that not all agencies require that Intended Parents have written documentation stating it is medically necessary to work with a surrogate mother. Some individuals pursue surrogacy because of convenience, needlessly putting someone’s health at risk because they simply find pregnancy to interfere with other areas of their life. Family Makers will not work with such Intended Parents. Each and every Intended Parent has been thoroughly screened to ensure that the surrogacy process is the last option they have in building their families.
Lastly, does the agency adequately confirm that the Intended Parents are ready for the very real surrogate costs of a journey? Many agencies do not require that the account provided for the Surrogate’s compensation be fully funded before the journey begins. This can be a financially risky situation for the gestational carrier, especially when it comes to medical bills. Any agency you choose should require that the agency fee and surrogate’s escrow account is fully funded before the first embryo transfer takes place.